Kwara State governor-elect, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has described as distraction, activities of the outgoing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in the state to award contracts and make appointment before expiration of its tenure.
Speaking at the inauguration of a 80-member transition committee in Ilorin on Thursday, Abdulrazaq, who said that, he would investigate and redress such actions, added that he would run a government that serves best interest of people.
“The huge margin of our victory at the polls suggests that our people are fed up with the status quo and want a new approach to governance. We, therefore, have a historic duty to serve their best.”
“To do that, we must understand the current governance structure in the state; we must know how the current system works to be able to know where to begin, what current policy would be retained, and what policy must go. We also need to know what is in the books in terms of financial receipts, obligations, contracts and other things.”
“This is why we have taken our time to nominate some of the best hands around — in terms of competence, credibility and maturity — as members of this committee, with proper accommodation of the various political tendencies in our political party. In essence, the most crucial work of this committee is to ensure we hit the ground running on May 29.”
While commending commitment of members of the committee to serve the state, AbdulRazaq urged them to discharge their duties in a way that would help the new government to serve the people.
Also speaking, chairman of the committee, Aminu Adisa Logun, said that their job is to bridge the gap between the outgoing and the incoming government.
“The Transition Committee is not a scouting committee to suggest or recruit personnel for the governor. Ours is to highlight what needs to be done in line with the change mantra of the government. Our duty is mostly technical such as gathering and interpreting data for the new government in its bid to serve the people of the state,” he said.
In his speech at the programme, chairman of the APC in the state, Bashiru Bolarinwa, said that the incoming government is already a departure from the past, adding that conscious efforts were being made to carry everyone along.
“Let us be clear that Mallam Abdulrazaq means business. The essence of putting the Transition Committee is so that he could hit the ground running. Members should endeavour to be up and doing,”